Pre-PMA 2009: Samsung has released the SL820 (IT100 in Europe) digital compact with HD video recording. It sports a 12 megapixel sensor, 28mm wide angle lens with 5x optical zoom and a 3.0" LCD. It contains all of this season's key new features, such as an automatic scene selection mode and blink detection but also has the ability to pause and re-record 1280x720 HD video, a feature Samsung says it has patented.

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Samsung Announces 28mm Wide Angle 5x Optical Zoom Digital Compact


February 17, 2009 - Samsung, leaders in innovation and digital imaging, today announced the release of the 5x optical zoom, 28mm Wide Angle IT100; a compact camera which combines innovative technology and user-friendly features to deliver optimum image quality in a streamlined, stylish package.

HD Movie Experience
The 12 megapixel IT100 includes HD movie capture so you can ‘Pause and Re-record’ high definition videos and super sharp movie-quality recordings in one movie clip - a Samsung patented function.

Smart Auto (Scene Recognition)
The IT100 features a 3.0” (230K) TFT LCD screen and Samsung's new "Smart Auto” (Scene Recognition) technology which has 11 optimized picture pre-settings such as Portrait, Night portrait, Macro, Macro Colour - helping people take the perfect shot regardless of the conditions. You can also use these settings when sorting through your photos - making it quick and easy to find all the portraits, outdoor or macro shots you've taken.

Smart Album
The IT100 includes Samsung’s unique “Smart Album” Digital Contents Management system; a program built into the camera that significantly reduces the time it takes to find your favourite photos – so it’s quicker and easier to store and manage your photo collection. The clever navigation program automatically organizes photos based on the date they were taken, their contents, colour, or themes – so you’ll never have an excuse for losing a photo again.

Face Detection
Samsung’s Perfect Portrait System is also included in the IT100; “Face Detection” locates the subject’s face within the frame and automatically adjusts focus and exposure to ensure better composition and image quality for portraits; in “Blink Detection Mode” the camera takes a series of shots when closed eyes are detected so friends and family are always captured with their eyes open; in “Smile Mode” a picture is automatically taken when smiles are detected and, in "Beauty Shot" mode, facial skin is retouched for a brighter and smoother skin tone. Samsung’s Self Portrait is also included within the IT100 – a beep sounds when faces are positioned centrally so you don’t have to be behind the camera to take the perfect shot.

Samsung’s Dual Image Stabilization technology combines Digital and Optical image stabilisation to ensure outstanding photos without blur – even in low light conditions.  Couple this with a highly sensitive ISO 3200 that offers a faster response to light, you can capture great low light shots without needing any flash.

Frame Guide
The IT100 features Samsung’s new Frame guide feature so you no longer need rely on the technological capabilities of strangers for perfect holiday snaps.   When you use the setting, the camera takes a ghost picture of your desired shot and displays a template when you pass the camera over to someone else - ensuring they take the picture you want them to take.

The IT100 is available in a range of colours including silver, black, and red and will retail at £229 (TBC) from leading high street and online retailers from April 2009.

Samsung SL820 specifications

Sensor

• 1/2.33 " CCD
• 12.2 million effective pixels
• 12.4 million total pixels

Image sizes

• 4000×3000
• 3984×2656
• 3968×2232
• 3264×2448
• 2592×1944
• 2048×1536
• 1920×1080
• 1024×768

Movie clips • 1280x720 (30fps & 15fps) Two levels
• 640x480 (30fps & 15fps)
• 320x240 (60fps, 30fps & 15fps)
File formats • JPEG (DCF), EXIF 2.21, DPOF 1.1, PictBridge 1.0
• Movie Clip : MP4(H.264) Audio : WAV
Lens

• 28-140mm equiv.
• 5x Optical zoom
• f = 5 - 25mm
• F3.4(W) - F5.8(T)

Image stabilization Dual (OIS + DIS)
Digital zoom Approx. 5x
Focus

TTL Auto Focus

AF area modes

• Cente
• Multi

Focus distance • Normal : 80cm - infinity
• Macro : 5cm - 80cm (Wide), 50cm - 80cm (Tele)
• Auto Macro : 5cm - Infinity (Wide), 50cm - Infinity (Tele)
ISO sensitivity

• ISO 80
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
• ISO 800
• ISO 1600
• ISO 3200 (Up to 3M)

Metering • Multi
• Spot
• Center-weighted
Exposure modes Programmed AE
Exposure Compensation ±2EV (1/3EV steps)
Shuttter speed Auto : 1/8 sec to 1/2000 sec
All other modes : 8 sec to 1/2000 sec
Shooting modes

• Mode: Smart, Auto, Program, Dual IS, Scene, Beauty Shot, Movie, Photo Help Guide
• Scene : Night Scene, Portrait, Children, Landscape, Text, Close-up, Sunset, Dawn, Backlight, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Frame Guide
• Smart Auto : Macro, Macro Text, Macro Color, White, Landscape, Action, Tripod, Night, Night Portrait, Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Portrait

White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Fluorescent_H
• Fluorescent_L
• Tungsten
• Custom
Self timer 2 sec., 10 sec., Double(10 sec., 2 sec.), Motion Timer, Remote Controller
Continuous shooting Modes • Single, Continuous, AEB, Motion Capture
Flash

• Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red-eye fix
• Range : Wide : 0.3m - 4.5m, Tele : 0.5m - 2.6m (ISO AUTO)

LCD monitor

• 3.0 inch TFT LCD
• approx. 230,000 pixels

Digital input/output

• USB 2.0 High Speed

Video output AV : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
HDMI 1.2 : NTSC, PAL (user selectable)
Storage • Internal memory (Approx. 100 MB)
• SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus
Power • Rechargeable SLB-10A Li-ion battery
Weight (no batt) TBC
Dimensions 95 (W) x 59 (H) x 23 (D) mm